ETO: Lyric Solitude 4
Saturday 24 October, 7pmTickets £15.00
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Part of Weekend Concerts at Snape
English Touring Opera present Shostakovich's Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva alongside The Holy Sonnets of John Donne and Charm of Lullabies by Britten.
The drama of living in a state of war runs through this programme, featuring responses in movement made to the music and poetry.
Mezzo soprano Katie Stevenson is the soloist in Shostakovich’s tribute to Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, an utterly unique voice in the maelstrom of the inter war and war years. Choreographer Rahel Vonmoos has devised a response in movement. Stevenson is also the soloist in Britten’s bizarre Charm of Lullabies, composed on poems by William Blake, Robert Burns, Robert Greene, Thomas Randolph and John Phillip – maybe not the kind of thing to sing you to sleep.
Iglich sets Britten’s eloquent, searing response to what he saw at the concentration camp at Belsen at the end of the war in The Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Donne’s sonnets ravish and twist, and call out for love and understanding. They are sung by tenor Richard Dowling.
“Remember your lovers who gave you more than love”
– Sidney Keyes
Katie Stevenson mezzo soprano
Richard Dowling tenor
Ian Tindale piano
Rahel Vonmoos, Bernadette Iglich movement
James Conway director
Shostakovich Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva
Britten Holy Sonnets of John Donne; Charm of Lullabies
Tickets for this performance go on sale at 10am on Saturday 17 October. Maximum 4 tickets per household.
We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience live music again, and so the afternoon performances will be ‘Pay What You Can’, meaning you can see amazing live music at a price that you feel able to afford.
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Your safety and that of our artists and staff is our top priority and so some things will be different to what you’re used to. Key changes are:
- Reduced capacity in the Concert Hall, with socially distant seating. Tickets are limited to 4 per household.
- Shorter performances with no interval.
- Audience members will need to wear face-coverings (unless they are exempt as per the Government’s guidelines).
- No printed material – no tickets, programmes, or programme notes.
- Clear signs and helpful staff to make your visit straightforward.
- Regular and thorough cleaning, with hand sanitiser for you.